in the Water - River Wye - Great Shacklow
Wood - Deep Dale - Sheldon - Magpie Mine
- Sheldon - Little Shacklow Wood - Ashford
in the Water
nice day for walking although a little
on the cool side. After a brief time
in the village of Ashford in the Water
I walked across the Sheepwash Bridge
and up the A6 for a short distance before
heading off towards Great Shacklow Wood.
Once again lighting conditions were not
brilliant as I walked by past the River
Wye and through the woods. As I approached
Deep Dale there was much more snow on
the ground which made the walk very pleasant.
Deep Dale is a nature reserve of scientific
interest. Once I had reached the top
of Deep Dale I turned up out of the dale
towards Sheldon. The scenery around this
point was lovely and the views across
to Flagg and Magpie Mine were tremendous.
My walk then sent me across a couple
of fields before reaching the village
of Sheldon. Then it was a short distance
to Magpie Mine. The views of the mine
were fantastic with the sun and snow.
Magpie Mine was a lead mine and was worked
off and on from 1682 for 300 years. It
has over 20 shafts in addition to the
impressive remaining buildings. The main
building is the Cornish Engine House
of c1869 with its distinctive round Cornish
chimney. The main shaft is 600ft deep.
Nearby are many other features including
a steel winding drum and other winches.
Three miners were suffocated by sulphurous
fires deliberately set underground by
opposing miners in 1833. After visiting
the mine I retraced my steps back to
Sheldon and then walked by Little Shacklow
Wood back to Ashford in the Water. It
was a very interesting day.